The Detroit Tigers were founded in 1894 and are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. They won their first World Series in 1935 and have since won three more (1945, 1968, and 1984).
The Tigers, who have won the American League pennant 10 times in their 116 year history, have played at five different stadiums, the most recent of which being Comerica Park.
In 2002, former general manager for the 1997 World Series champion Florida Marlins, took over the same role for the Tigers. They had the worst team record in MLB history in 2003 at 43-119, but he has since helped to build them into a respectable team.
The Tigers minor league affiliates are the Toledo Mud Hens (AAA), Erie Seawolves (AA), Lakeland Flying Tigers (Advanced A), West Michigan Whitecaps (A), Connecticut Tigers (Short A), and GCL Tigers (Rookie).
Since 1992, the Tigers have been owneed by Michael Illitch, who also owns the Detroit Red Wings.
Jim Leyland has coached Detroit since 2005.
As 2010 comes to a close, the Detroit Tigers will be looking to bolster their offense for 2011.
In 2010, the Tigers have a team pitching ERA of 4.26, but are only averaging just over four and a half runs per game. As a result, the Tigers have gotten themselves into close games that they have lost more often than not. In fact, Detroit is tied for the worst record in the league in games decided by one run at 15-23 and over half of those losses were to divisional opponents.
Detroit already has a offensive superstar in Miguel Cabrera and rookie Austin Jackson has been a welcomed addition to the lineup, but when injuries plagued the Tigers, their lack of offensive depth became obvious. Without solid hitters around Cabrera, teams pitched around him, which greatly impacted the team’s run production.
The Tigers don’t need another big name, but they need solid hitters who can support Cabrera in the lineup.
Did you know?
In 1968, Tigers fans chanted the popular battlecry “Sock it to ‘em, Tigers.”
The first Tigers pitcher to have his jersey retired was Hal Newhouser, who had a career 207-105 record.
Al Kaline has the most homeruns as a Tiger with 399.
8/17/2010- Carlos Guillen (2B): 15-day DL, Bruised left knee, out for season
8/4/2010- Danny Worth (SS): 15-day DL, Bruised left heel, out for season
7/24/2010- Magglio Ordonez (RF): 15-day DL, Right ankle surgery, out for season
6/29/2010- Joel Zumaya (RHP): 60-day DL, Fractured right elbow, out for season
3/26/2010- Zach Miner (RHP): 60-day DL, Right elbow surgery, out for season
3/26/2010- Bobby Seay (LHP): 60-day DL, Left-shoulder soreness/surgery, out for season
Jeremy Bonderman (RHP)
Armando Galarraga (RHP)
Rick Porcello (RHP)
Matt Scherzer (RHP)
Justin Verlander (RHP)
Eddie Bonine (RHP)
Phil Coke (LHP)
Ryan Perry (RHP)
Daniel Schlereth (LHP)
Brad Thomas (LHP)
Jose Valverde (RHP)
Robbie Weinhardt (RHP)
Max. St. Pierre
Miguel Cabrera (1B)
Brandon Inge (3B)
Jhonny Peralta (SS)
Will Rhymes (2B)
Ramon Santiago (SS)
Brennan Boesch (RF)
Austin Jackson (CF)
Don Kelly (LF)
Ryan Raburn (LF)
Casper Wells (RF)